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Bad News: The Morning After Pill Could Be Less Effective For Women Over 165 Lbs

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  • A European company making a morning-after pill similar to Plan B says it has found its product, Norvelo, to be less effective for women over 165 lbs. and to not work at all for women over 176 lbs. Obviously, this has implications for American-made emergency contraception and whether it, too, is ineffective for some women. All the more reason to use another primary form of contraception,  ladies and gents.[TIME]
  • Russia has banned advertisements for abortion. [Reuters]
  • Here’s Courtney Andrews, a teenage rape survivor who saw rapist (a neighbor) get off with a slap on the wrist, on Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC show this weekend.  [MSNBC] Keep reading »

Three Women Freed From Decades Of Captivity In London

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  • A couple in their 60s was arrested in London for holding three women as slaves for 30 years. Police say the women — one 69, one 57, and one 30 — had been brainwashed and kept in “invisible handcuffs.”  The youngest woman had allegedly spent her entire life inside the house. Eventually one of the women saw a program about forced marriage on TV and memorized the phone number for a help hotline mentioned on the show. [New York Times]
  • Graphic anti-abortion mailers are targeting doctors throughout Texas. [My San Antonio] Keep reading »

Kelly Clarkson Couldn’t Wait For Pregnancy Because She Has An Excuse To Be Fat

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  • Here’s Kelly Clarkson in Parade on why she’s excited to be pregnant: “Everybody calls me fat all the time, so I can’t wait to have a reason, instead of everybody just being a jerk!” What a depressing state of affairs that female celebs actually think this way (even if she’s joking). [Parade]
  • Two pilot programs in the UK will pay mothers to breastfeed. [BBC]
  • Attorneys for the state of Arizona have asked the Supreme Court to reinstate an anti-abortion law that takes Medicaid funding away from clinics that perform abortions, even if the funds don’t go towards the cost of terminating pregnancies. The stripped funding would have affected cancer screenings, annual exams, and other aspects of women’s health. Planned Parenthood sued to successfully block the law. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

Gloria Steinem, Oprah Winfrey Receive The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

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  • Gloria Steinem and Oprah Winfrey both received the Presidential Medal of Freedom today from President Barack Obama at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  Ironically, Steinem was the first-ever woman to speak at the Club in 1971 and, at the time, was given the traditional gift of a men’s tie. [Ms Magazine, Marie Claire]
  • The Supreme Court refused to block a restriction on Texas abortions. [New York Times]
  • An Alabama woman has spoken out about the sentencing of her rapist, Austin Clem, who received no jail time despite being convicted of three rape charges, including raping her when she was only 13. [New York Times]
  • The General Synod of the Church of England voted to allow women to be bishops. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Albuquerque, New Mexico Votes Today On 20-Week Abortion Ban

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  • Voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will decide via special election today whether to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.  If the measure passes, Albuquerque will become the  first city in the country to adopt such abortion restrictions. [Albuquerque Journal]
  • Comediennes Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead and a whole host of pro-choice celebs helped raise $50,000 last night in an abortion access telethon for four Texas abortion funds. [Village Voice]
  • Oklahoma would rather drop National Guard benefits for all couples than give those benefits to gay couples. :::SMH::: [Think Progress]
  • Where is the Million Hoodie March for Renisha McBride, the 19-year-old Black teen/woman who was shot in the head after she sought help from a Detroit home after a car accident? [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

Mary Cheney Called Out Her Sister Liz Cheney On Facebook Over Gay Marriage Hypocrisy

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  • This weekend, Dick Cheney’s openly gay daughter Mary Cheney criticized her sister Liz Cheney, who is running for senator of Wyoming, on Facebook over her opposition to gay marriage. Mary Cheney and her wife said that Liz has always been supportive of their marriage (suggesting that Liz’s point of view is politically opportunistic) and  that if she’s speaking out publicly about same-sex marriage, she’ll be on the “wrong side of history.” Not surprisingly, Dick Cheney and his wife are speaking out in support of the bigoted one. [New York TimesHuffington Post]
  • New research suggests a link between long-term use of birth control and glaucoma. [The Atlantic Wire]
  • “Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley,” a documentary about the pioneering Black lesbian standup, airs tonight on HBO. [AfterEllen]
  • The Golden Notebook author Doris Lessing died this weekend at 94. Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature. [The New Yorker] Keep reading »

Lesbian Allegedly Banned From Visiting Her Partner In The Hospital

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  • A lesbian in Indianapolis, Indiana, said she has been banned by her partner’s homophobic mother from visiting her partner at St. Francis Hospital. The mother is technically the next-of-kin for Jennifer Clemmer, who was hospitalized from a prescription drug overdose. But her girlfriend, Sarah Bray, with whom she lives and raises a child, is being blocked from hospital visitation. [IndyStar.com, Queerty]
  • The gender wage gap is worse for African-American and Latina women, according to new report by the National Women’s Law Center. [Clutch Magazine]
  • On that ridiculous naked Oprah dress. [ColorLines]
  • Burt’s Bees pulled their moisturizer after catching flack because the packaging read “let the catcalling commence.” [New York Observer] Keep reading »

Feminists Re-Imagine Google Search Results For The Word “Feminism”

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  • This is so cool: PolicyMic got a bunch of different feminist activists to re-imagine Google searches for “feminism,” which bring up scary and disturbing shit like “Feminists should be killed” and “are feminists evil?” The results are fantastic. [PolicyMic]
  • The Supreme Court shot down Oklahoma’s challenge to an appeal of another anti-abortion law. [CNN]
  • Five lesbians in Senegal have been charged under an anti-gay law that criminalizes homosexual behavior. [ABC News]
  • If you don’t think misogynist Christian public speaker Justin Lookadoo, AKA #Lookadouche, should spread his nonsense at another another high school on November 19th, then sign this petition … [MoveOn] Keep reading »

Gay Marriage Legalized In Hawaii

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  • Hawaii’s governor signed a bill today legalizing same-sex marriage after December 2 — hooray! Fifteen states and the District of Columbia now marry gay couples. [AP]
  • This essay by a Black woman who was raped by her father and later asked him to walk her down the aisle absolutely slayed me. [Ebony]
  • Democratic lawmakers introduced the Women’s Health Protection Acti today which will prohibit states from blocking women’s access to abortion by regulating the building standards of clinics. Said Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, “In states like Texas and Wisconsin, legislatures are passing bills with the false pretext of protecting health when their only objective is to obstruct and curtail access to safe and legal abortions and reproductive services.” [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Malala Yousafzai Honored As One Of Glamour‘s Women Of The Year

Malala Yousafzai Honored As One Of Glamour's Women Of The Year
  • Malala Yousafzai, the now 16-year-old Pakastani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking in favor of girls’ education, was honored at last night’s Glamour Women of the Year Awards. “”We must not be afraid of anything,” Malala addressed the crowd. “We must not be afraid of anything! I believe that a gun has no power at all. Because a gun can only take life. But a pen can save lives.” This girl is beyond inspiring. [People]
  • On the murder — yes, murder – of Renisha McBride. [The Feminist Wire]
  • On women working in sports journalism and the lack of women holding true positions of power in the industry. [The Hairpin]
  • Why won’t Facebook do anything about a page that celebrates New Zealand’s gang rape club, the Roast Busters? [Jezebel] Keep reading »
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